My design group wants to change our route keep out around all SMT parts to 5 mil even under the parts with zero standoff. Are others in the industry routing under parts that have no standoff? My fear is that we will get shorting if the mask is scaped and we get any solder entrapment.
Hello Jim, We build boards that have traces under the parts all the time. For the most part, we have no problems but on one product we have an 0805 that bridges 2 traces with a very tight seperation and if any solder smears (under the part)we can and have seen solder balls under the part.